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Family Support

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Life’s on Hold: Missing people, private calendars and waiting (by Susan Hogben)



Intimate relationships are forged on and sustained bythe appreciation of mutually significant events. When someone ismissing, as a result of a reportedly unmotivated absence, expecta-tions of the continuity of relationships are disrupted. Using data frompublicly available texts I examine how people experience such anabsence. Harvey Sacks’s notion of the ‘private calendar’ helps explicate how remaining family members experience literal and figurative desynchronization that suggests missing might be morepotently understood as waiting. Finally, it seems that the duration of the absence helps family members account for the enduring lack of communication.






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